In this project students make a stand-up display map of a country. This part of a cross-curricular "culture fair." Details of the other parts of the project can be found in the PDF file.
This is the third year of doing this project with 7th graders.
Overview and Background
Students create a stand-up map display of a country for a Culture Fair. Full details of the project are in the PDF file, or look at the past projects here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1108998 and https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1852643
Lesson Plan and Activity
- Use the Internet to find a map of their country.
If they find a monochrome map it can be converted into SVG using a free online image converter. Searching with terms like "clip art," "outline," "silhouette," and "black and white" will improve your chances of finding a suitable map
If the map is not monochrome it can be inserted into a Google Drawing. Then use the line tools to trace the outline. After deleting the original map image the tracing can be downloaded as an SVG file.
Import the map SVG file in Tinkercad, make the height (z direction) at least 10 mm
Add a rectangular base to the map so that it will stand up when printed. Put the name of the country on the base, or on the map. The base height (z direction) should be at least 15 mm
If the map is in several pieces (the islands of Japan, for example) connect the pieces to each other and the base with rectangular beams
Embellish the map by using the Text Generator or adding shapes that are symbolic or have cultural significance. Images can be imported using the same method as was used for the map. Put the country name on the base or map.
- Double check that all parts are connected, and the height (z direction) is 15 mm or greater for the base so it will stand up and not be unstable
6.Print your model
- Color your display with markers or paint.